Fashion Jewellery Guide
Fashion Jewellery 101
Types of Fashion Jewellery
Fashion Jewellery Sets
Fashion Jewellery Buying Tips:
• Select oversized jewellery to make a fashion-forward statement
• Brightly coloured fashion jewellery can draw the eye when paired with neutral clothing
• Warmer skin tones pair best with gold tone jewellery; cooler skin tones with silver
• Dangly or embellished earrings can soften menswear-inspired blazers or shirts
• Downplay larger facial features with larger scale jewellery, smaller pieces may make features appear larger by comparison
Fashion Jewellery Features
Fashion Jewellery Metals +
Precious metals come with precious price tags, but inexpensive base metals allow you to get the look you want for less. The most common base metals used in fashion jewellery include nickel, raw brass, copper, pewter, white metal and surgical steel. Fashion jewellery is often plated with a thin layer of real gold along with several of these metal alloys in order to create variants in colour, prevent tarnishing and increase durability. While nickel is often used for its hardening properties, people with sensitivities to nickel can also choose hypoallergenic stainless steel or niobium to avoid irritation.
Fashion Jewellery Stones +
Because man-made fashion jewellery stones are not dependant on the colours available in naturally occurring precious stones, more options are possible. Laboratory-made diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds can emulate the real stones at much lower costs. If you’re not simply looking for an imitation of a precious stone, you can have even more options at your fingertips (or ears, wrists and collarbones). Fun, faux pearls, reflective crystals, dramatic onyx and glitzy rhinestones can bring variety, colour and style to your accessory collection.
Other Materials +
Gleaming metals and sparkly stones aren’t the extent of the materials available for your fashion jewellery items. Part of the fun of fashion jewellery is the ability to be creative and innovative with your accessory choices. This might mean pairing a high-gloss white acrylic bracelet with a black turtleneck for a sophisticated retro look; or a leather necklace with beads and shells to add bohemian chic to a simple sundress. Coloured glass, wood, rubber, fabric and plastic — if a jewellery designer can envision it, you can accessorize with it.
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Fashion Jewellery Care Tips:
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning
• Wipe down jewellery after wearing to prevent buildup of sweat, body oils and dirt
• Avoid contact with water to prevent discolouration and damage
• Rotate fashion jewellery to minimize repeated exposure to elements
• Use lotions, perfumes and other chemicals sparingly while wearing fashion jewellery to prevent tarnishing